Wayne Rooney has discussed Paul Pogba’s best role at Manchester United and believes the midfielder could be ‘incredible’ when attacking the box from a deeper position.
The France international has endured an injury-hit campaign and has made just eight appearances in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side this season, whilst the long term future of the 27-year-old has also been a constant source of speculation amid persistent links with Real Madrid.
Pogba’s absence has seen the likes of Fred and Scott McTominay impress in Solskjaer’s midfield this season, whilst the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January has further raised questions over where the Frenchman will fit into the side upon his return.
Rooney has offered his verdict on where he believes United could get the best from their record signing, believing Pogba has all the attributes to thrive in a Frank Lampard-style role, playing deep and arriving late in the opposition box.
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“I would love to see Paul Pogba playing deeper and attacking the box the moment the ball went wide,” Rooney wrote in his regular column in the Sunday Times.
“He would score more goals and with his good feet, his athleticism, he would be an absolute nightmare. I would use him in that role — it’s one where, if he developed in it, he could be incredible.
“The Frank Lampard type [is a nightmare], the midfielder who runs past you: with Frank, when the ball went wide you knew he would be off, sprinting into the box and he was one of those about who Fergie would say: ‘This player is not a one-man job — you have to pass them on’.
“He would say that about some you wouldn’t imagine: Stephen Ireland was one, Jermaine Jenas another, purely because they were willing to run beyond your midfield and with those players there’s going to be a crossover movement from when your central midfielder is dealing with it to when your centre-back is.
“One lapse of team concentration in that moment and the best — like Lampard — punish you.”